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  Respighi: Metamorphoseon modi XII etc. - Hanson
  Respighi: Rossiniana, Metamorphoseon modi XII, Burlesca, Passacaglia in C minor

Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra
George Hanson (conductor)
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  Classical - Orchestral
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  2+2+2 recording

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Site review by Castor July 2, 2006
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Review by September 19, 2004 (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
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What is MDG? Who is Georg Hanson? And then there's the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra. Sounds like Naxos the early years! Well, after hearing this SACD, all involved in its production are people you should know. The surround recording is absolutely luxurious while retaining imaging, impact and depth. I dare say it's the best surround I've heard yet, though some might consider the presentation somewhat hyper-realistic. "Metamorphoseon" is one of my favorite of Respighi's lesser-know works. The opening theme, followed by 12 variations, is at once brooding yet determined--very ingratiating. Highlights include the 5th variation, a reworking of the original theme supported by some absolutely gorgeous chord progressions; and the finale, Respighi's answer to Elgar's final Enigma variation, complete with organ. Each variation covers one of the 12 church modes, and each offers lovely and sometimes bravura solo and ensemble work for each section of the orchestra. The orchestra, by the way, is completely up to the task--as much as the name "Wuppertal" might invite snickers, it's an excellent orchestra whose guest conductors have included Clara Schumann, Joachime, Brahms, R. Strauss, and Klemperer. Not once did I find the ensemble or solo contributions wanting. There is another Metamophoseon on the Chandos label, but it sounds garish compared to this recording. Also included is Respighi's transcription of Bach's Passacaglia in Cm. If you like this sort of thing and don't consider it blasphemy, (I certainly don't!), prepare again to immerse yourself and celebrate sheer sound. Not your father's Webern transcription, but a daringly imaginative orchestration in any case; Bach's original takes on an epic quality. Once again, organ is used to underline the ground. An early piece: the "Burlesque," is a delightful confection musch like Debussy's "Danse" orchestrated by Ravel, though Respighi's orchestral garb is much richer and dark-hued. The Rossiniana probably needs no introduction, as it's a favorite of Classical radio stations everywhere. Once again, I marvel at the immediacy of the orchestra, coupled with the suggestion of a huge soundstage. While the price is a little high, you'll find yourself playing this one over and over again, and it will be *the* SACD I use to demonstrate surround for awhile.

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Works: 4  

Ottorino Respighi - Burlesca for Orchestra, P. 059
Ottorino Respighi - Metamorphoseon modi XII. Tema e variazioni, P. 169
Ottorino Respighi - Passacaglia in D minor after Bach, P. 158
Ottorino Respighi - Rossiniana, P. 148